The 2018-2019 Embrace Iowa program are now being taken through January 21, 2019, at SCICAP’s 5 county outreach centers.  The locations and phone numbers are listed under the “Locations” tab of the website.  Donations through the Des Moines Register are distributed through ICAA to the 17 community action agencies throughout Iowa to assist eligible households.  Funds for the program are entirely donated with all funds distributed to households so the number served varies from year to year.  Households at or below 200% of the federal HHS 2018 poverty guidelines may make application at their local county outreach office.  Only one application can be filled out per family and the maximum dollar amount of any benefit award is $500 with priority given to first time applicants.  Documentation of need must be included with the applicationincluding acost estimate or bill for request and the client must be unable to access funds for the request through any other program or source.  Items may include beds, clothing, car repairs, medical expenses (including pharmacy, dental and corrective lenses), furniture, rent, utilities, home repairs, household items, appliances such as washers/dryers/cook stoves/refrigerator. Embrace Iowa money will not be used to assist families with purchasing motor vehicles due to liability reasons.  In addition, these funds are not intended to be used for Christmas gifts or food.

Donations may be made online at; sent to ICAA at 1620 Pleasant Street, Suite 214, Des Moines, IA 50314; or the local community action agency with checks notated for Embrace Iowa. 

Notice of Election
The SCICAP Governing Board of Directors has a vacant seat for a Lucas County Representative of Low-Income Clients. This board member must be recruited from persons receiving services from SCICAP including Head Start parents and must reside in Lucas County. Persons who agree to run for election for this position will have their names put on the ballot. Ballots will be placed at the Lucas County Outreach office as well as the Lucas County Head Start center for low-income participants to vote. Ballots are cast for a one-week period (December 17th – December 21st).  At the end of the voting period, the county Outreach Coordinator will collect and count the ballots. The person obtaining the most votes is elected as the representative to the SCICAP Governing Board of Directors. Please contact Brenda at 641-774-8133 ext. 223 if you would like to have your name added to the ballot.

"In collaboration with community partners, the mission of South Central Iowa Community Action Program is to provide advocacy and services for persons striving for economic security while preserving their dignity, and bring about change for the benefit of the people we serve and the community at large.”

"Helping people live better...
and build better communites"

"Be the Reason someone smiles today"

On my office wall there are big letters saying, "Be the reason someone Smiles Today". While working at my desk in early December, a fellow came in and said, "I'm here to give you something instead of getting something from you". He handed me a lovely card with the following hand written note: To SCICAP, Thank you for a new furnace! As a veteran now disabled, this is the first help I've had from anybody. You people do good work! Thank you from an Army veteran." I must tell you my eyes watered up a bit.


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